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Author Fei, Si-yen, 1971-

Title Negotiating urban space : urbanization and late Ming Nanjing / Si-yen Fei

Publ Info Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Asia Center, 2009
Distributed by Harvard University Press
 PC  HT384.C62 N364 2009    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  HT384.C62 N364 2009    AVAILABLE
Descript x, 361 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Harvard East Asian monographs ; 320
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Figures, Maps, and Table / Introduction: A New Approach to Chinese Urbanism / We Must Be Taxed / To Wall or Not to Wall / Imaging Nanjing: A Genealogy / Nanjing Through Contemporary Mouths and Ears / Conclusion: Toward a New Perspective on Late Imperial Urbanization / Gu Qiyuans Fengsu Treatise / Notes / Works Cited / Index
Note "Urbanization was central to development in late imperial China. Yet its impact is heatedly debated, although scholars agree that it triggered neither Weberian urban autonomy nor Habermasian civil society. This book argues that this conceptual impasse derives from the fact that the seemingly continuous urban expansion was in fact punctuated by a wide variety of "dynastic urbanisms." Historians should, the author contends, view urbanization not as an automatic by-product of commercial forces but as a process shaped by institutional frameworks and cultural trends in each dynasty." "This characteristic is particularly evident in the Ming. As the empire grew increasingly urbanized, the gap between the early Ming valorization of the rural and late Ming reality infringed upon the livelihood and identity of urban residents. This contradiction went almost unremarked in court forums and discussions among elites, leaving its resolution to local initiatives and negotiations. Using Nanjing - a metropolis along the Yangzi River and onetime capital of the Ming - as a central case, the author demonstrates that, prompted by this unique form of urban-rural contradiction, the actions and creations of urban residents transformed the city on multiple levels: as an urban community, as a metropolitan region, as an imagined space, and, finally, as a discursive subject."--BOOK JACKET
LC subject Urbanization -- China -- Nanjing Shi -- History
Urban policy -- China -- Nanjing Shi -- History
Cities and towns -- Growth
Nanjing Shi (China) -- Social conditions
ISBN 9780674035614 (cl : alk. paper)
0674035615 (cl : alk. paper)